The Locrian Ensemble Mendelssohn's Octet 180g 33rpm & 45rpm 2LP

The Locrian Ensemble

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Elusive Disc U.S. Exclusive Release!

A Demonstration of 33rpm & 45rpm vs Half-Speed Mastering on 180g 2LP!
Vale vs Transistor Microphones!
Digital vs Analogue Recording!
Pressed at Optimal!

Michael Fremer Rated 9/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics!

A unique opportunity to listen to the differences between vinyl cut at 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm and half-speed mastering, using Mendelssohn's wonderful music. The orchestra also plays "Two Guitars" by Ivan Vasiliev, which allows you to compare valve and transistor microphones and stereo vs. binaural mic techniques. Chasing The Dragon even cut a track sourced from their 1/2" Studer A820 running at 30 ips, so you may contrast the sound of analogue vs. digital!

Sides 1 to 3 were recorded at 24 bit / 192 kHz using a spaced pair of AKG C12 Omni Mics.

The well-experienced, talented Locrian Ensemble led by 1st violinist Jack Liebeck does a fine, somewhat more measured job here, bringing to life the brash adolescent's audacious, difficult to play piece. If you buy this for the demo comparisons, fall for the Octet and then seek out additional performances, mission accomplished! As for what I heard, first of all, these days, if you start with good microphones properly placed in a good space as is the case here your choice of storage media is less consequential than it used to be. The digits won't be an issue as you'll appreciate the textures and timbres produced by the ensemble and experience the space. The short demo piece made for an interesting set of comparisons.
-Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11
As expected, the overall sound quality is outstanding, with rich tonal colors, fine resolution of inner detail, and a perfect blend of intimacy and spaciousness that is appropriate for the octet. As for the differences between the recording technologies, you can, for the first time, listen and decide for yourself.
-Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound


  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • LP 1: 33rpm Both Sides
  • LP 2: 45rpm Both Sides
  • LP 1 Side B: Half-Speed Mastering
  • Digital vs Analogue Recording
  • Valve vs Transistor Microphones
  • Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London
  • Mastering Engineer: John Webber at AIR Studios
  • Gatefold Jacket
  • Pressed at Optimal


The Locrian Ensemble:

Jack Liebeck leader, 1st violin
Simon Blendis 2nd violin
Alexandra Raikhuna 3rd violin
Ariel Lang 4th violin
Matthew Jones 1st viola
Sarah-Jane Bradley 2nd viola
Justin Pearson 1st cello
Pedro Silva 2nd cello


Record One: 33 1/3 rpm - Both Sides

Side A:
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
  1. Allegro
Side B - Half Speed Mastering:
  1. Andante
  2. Scherzo

Record Two: 45 rpm - Both Sides

Side A:
Felix Mendelssohn
String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
  1. Presto
Ivan Vasiliev (1810-1870)
  1. Two Guitars
Side B:
  1. Valve
  2. Transistor
  3. Master Tape
  4. Valve Blumlein Pair
  5. Binaural Head

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